Division of Kinesiology and Health

College of Health Sciences


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Tristan Wallhead, Ph.D.



(307) 766-4191

Corbett Building, Room 113



Tristan Wallhead came to the United States from England to complete his PhD at the Ohio State University in Sport and Exercise Education. Graduating in 2004, he came into the Division of Kinesiology and Health at the University of Wyoming. He continues to work as a faculty member in Physical Education Teacher Education and conduct research on the effects of instructional models, such as Sport Education on student motivation to participate in physical education and extra-curricular PA opportunities. He was promoted to Professor in 2017. He currently serves as the Vice President of the international physical education organization (AIESEP). He has received a number of awards over his career including SHAPE Research Fellow (2013), Central District SHAPE Scholar Award (2016), Outstanding Reviewer for both the Journal of Teaching Physical Education (2014, 2018) and Physical Education Sport Pedagogy (2018), CHS Meritorious service award (2021). If you are interested in being supervised by Dr. Wallhead for a Masters degree in PETE please email him directly.

Pedagogical Sciences Research Lab 



Ph.D. The Ohio State University (2004)

M.S. Leeds Metropolitan University (2000)

B.S. (Hons) Loughborough University (1997)



Funded Grants:

2020-2023 Hartung, C. (co-PI), Wallhead, T. (co-PI), & Smith, D. (co-I). The Impact of Riding for Focus in Physical Education on Life Skills Development and Participation in Extracurricular Cycling Opportunities in Middle School Students. Outride (Specialized) Foundation ($125,719)

2018-2019 Lin, E., Sum, K. W., Wallhead, T. (co-I), Yan, B., Choi, S. M. Effects of Sport Education Intervention on Students’ Perceived Physical Literacy and Physical Activity Levels in University Required Physical Education. Teaching Development and Language Enhancement Grant, Chinese University of Hong Kong. ($22,000 (HK$170,000)

2016-2018 Sum, K. W., Ha, S. C., Sit, H. P., & Wallhead, T. (co-I) Effects of Physical Education Continuing Professional Development on Teachers’ Physical Literacy and Self-Efficacy and Students' Learning Outcomes. General Research Fund, Research Grant Committee, Hong Kong SAR. ($100,000 (HK$764,492)


Recent Publications:

Farias, C., Wallhead, T. L., & Mesquita, I. (2022). Strategies for the gradual instructional mediation of learner-oriented interactions. In C. Farias & I. Mesquita (Eds.) Learner-Oriented Teaching and Learning in Youth Sport (pp. 22-30). Routledge: New York, NY.

Sum, K. W. R., Wallhead, T., Wang, F. J., & Choi, S. M., Li, M. H., Y. Liu. (2022). Effects of teachers’ participation in continuing professional development on students’ perceived physical literacy, motivation and enjoyment of physical activity. Journal of Psychodidactics (Revista de Psicodidáctica), 27(2), 176-185.

Kern, B., Malinowski, P., Wilson, W., Wallhead, T. L. (2022). Pedagogical practices among teachers of different demographics and dispositions toward change: Results of a multi-region survey of US physical educators. Journal of Teaching Physical Education. https://doi.org/10.1123/jtpe.2021-0192

Musard, M., Bezeau, D., & Wallhead, T. L. (2022). Pre-service teachers’ content-related reflective analyses of teaching and learning. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy. https://doi.org/10.1080/17408989.2022.2061936

Hastie, P. A., Sinelnikov, O. A., & Wallhead, T. L. (2021). Sport Education. In P. M. Wright & K. A. R. Richards (Eds.) Teaching Social and Emotional Learning in Physical Education and Beyond (pp.138-167). Jones and Bartlett Learning: Burlington, MA.

Choi, S. M., Sum, K. W. R., Wallhead, T. L., Ha, S. C. A., Sit, H. P., & Wei, F. M. (2021). Operationalizing physical literacy through Sport Education in a university physical education program. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy. https://doi.org/10.1080/17408989.2021.1915266

Wallhead, T. L., Hastie, P. A., Harvey, S., & Pill, S. (2021). Academics’ perspectives on the future of Sport Education. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 26(5), 533-548.

Choi, S. M. Sum, K. W. R., Leung, F. L., Wallhead, T. L., Morgan, K., Milton, D., Ha, S. C. A., & Sit, H. P. (2021). Effect of Sport Education on students’ perceived physical literacy, motivation and physical activity levels in university required physical education: A cluster-randomized trial. Higher Education, 81(6), 1137-1155.

Choi, S. M., Sum, K. W. R., Wallhead, T. L. Ha, S.C.A., Sit, H.P., Shy, D.Y., Wei, F.M. (2021). Pre-service physical education teachers’ perceived physical literacy and teaching efficacy. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 40(1), 146-156.

Harvey, S., & Pill, S., Hastie, P.A., & Wallhead, T. L. (2020). Physical educators’ perceptions of the successes, constraints, and possibilities associated with implementing the Sport Education Model. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 25(5), 555-566.         

Further Research:

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  • KIN 4012 Curriculum Development in Physical Education

  • KIN 4017 Teaching Lab III Practicum

  • KIN 5014 Teaching Tactics in Sport-based Physical Education

  • KIN 5018 Psychology of Teaching Physical Education

  • KIN 5019 Instructional Models for Physical Education


  • AIESEP Board of Directors (2014-)

  • AIESEP 2016 Conference, Laramie – Chair of Scientific Committee

  • WAHPERD VP for Physical Education (2013-2015)

  • Associate Editor for Journal of Teaching Physical Education (2014-2017)

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Laramie , WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-5284

Email: kines@uwyo.edu

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